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Published Time: 08.05.2024 - 01:03:20 Modified Time: 08.05.2024 - 01:03:20

Australians can pre-order the Pixel 8a from 8 May, 2024, or pick it up in stores beginning 14 May, 2024. The newest Pixel is available directly from the Google Store, as well as on phone plans from Telstra and Optus and from retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Harvey Norman. Pixel 8a


The Pixel 8a comes with most of the same must-have features as the pricier Pixel 8 handsets, but in a slightly smaller and more affordable package. If you’re in the market for a phone upgrade, here’s everything you need to know Google’s Pixel 8a.

Here’s a quick overview of the Google Pixel 8a’s key specifications:

Australians can pre-order the Pixel 8a from 8 May, 2024, or pick it up in stores beginning 14 May, 2024. The newest Pixel is available directly from the Google Store, as well as on phone plans from Telstra and Optus and from retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Harvey Norman.

Google has hiked the price of the A series Pixel this year, with the 128GB 8a setting you back $849 AUD. This is $100 more expensive than last year’s Pixel 7a.

Outright prices for the Pixel 8a range are:

Google Pixel 8a 128GB: $849

Google Pixel 8a 256GB: $949

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month plans for the 128GB Google Pixel 8 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our mobile phone comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month plans for the 128GB Google Pixel 8 Pro on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our mobile phone comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

The Pixel 8a comes with a bright 6.1-inch OLED Actua display, which Google claims is 40% brighter than the screen on 2023’s Pixel 7a. You’ll also get a fast 120Hz refresh rate, ideal for seamless scrolling through social media and smooth gaming.

The phone is designed with rounded edges, an aluminium frame and an easy-to-hold matte body. As with the 7a, the 8a also includes IP67 certified dust and water protection.

Google has included the same powerful, specialty-crafted Tensor G3 chip found in its Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. This is Google’s fastest and most capable chip to date, designed for multitasking and also to support the bevy of AI features included in the 8 series.

Pixel 8a users will have access to a full range of smart AI and Google Assistant features, including:

The 8a also includes Google’s Titan M2 security chip and a built-in VPN. You’ll get Android 14 out of the box, plus seven years of software support and security updates.

Google is promising 24-hour plus battery life, thanks to the Pixel’s 4,400mAh battery. The 8a is Qi wireless charging certified and also includes Extreme Battery Saver, for up to 72 hours between charges.

This year’s Pixel offers a dual rear camera setup, along with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. The device includes a 64-megapixel main rear camera, plus a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens and plenty of AI and software enhancements. Some of the main camera features include:

Google has also thrown in a series of camera modes, including panorama, astrophotography and portrait mode.

Google is offering Pixel 8a buyers up to $350 in cashback with an eligible Google Pixel 7a trade-in. More information is available from the Google Store.

If you’re planning to buy the Google Pixel 8a outright, you’ll need to pair it with a SIM-only phone plan.

We’ve compiled a range of 5G-ready options in the tables below.

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